I wanted to draw your attention specifically to two new articles included in recent SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) newsletters. The first is on the new parity legislation to end discrimination in many health insurance plans against consumers of mental health and substance abuse treatment services, and the second is a game to play with younger children as a method for exploring the issues surrounding underage drinking.
Games Help Parents and Children Talk About Alcohol Quoting from the article, “Ready, Set, Listen!, developed by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), offers a fun and interactive experience that introduces and reinforces the importance of family discussion on an important subject. The game has two goals:
To increase the number of conversations that parents and caregivers have with children age 9 to 13 about the harms of underage alcohol use.
To increase the percentage of children, parents, and caregivers who see underage alcohol use as harmful.”